Cyberattacks on the US have been traced, and all signs point to the Chinese military and a single building in China [Report]

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According to report by the BBC, the origins of the unusually numerous and high-profile attacks on US companies has been found. It is indeed coming from somewhere in China — Shanghai to be exact. But it doesn’t stop there.

According to Mandiant, a US-based cyber security firm, believes that there’s a secret branch in China’s military dedicated to cyber-theft and they’re located in the building pictured below:

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It also doesn’t help that the BBC’s John Sudworth was detained while trying to film the alleged hub of the hacking operation. The sensitivity in the area only lends more fuel to the fire that this is indeed the right place.

The firm believes that the hacking group called the “Comment Crew” or PLA Unit 61398, have ”systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organisations around the world.” Mandiant is basing its allegations on over four years worth of data.

US Government officials have brought this to the attention of the Chinese government and they denied any role in the hacking incidents. They also criticize Mandiant’s report and call it “scientifically flawed” because ”the report, in only relying on linking IP address to reach a conclusion the hacking attacks originated from China, lacks technical proof.”

They then go on to mention that China is also a victim of cyberattacks from the US, “but we don’t use this as a reason to criticize the United States.”

[via BBC, New York Times, The Verge, Mandiant, image via Philip Jägenstedt]

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  1. Rob (Down Under)

    [@sl0j0n]
    I think I am agreeing with you, especially your comment about Government debt. You would not believe what the Aust Labor Govt has ammassed in a few short years (like they always have done in the past).
    My comment (on religion) applies to all religions.
    What we should do is erode them (AKA remove their Tax free status, and any other benefits, priveliges and publically discourage them).
    Instead we should say “don’t go to church and pray, instead you should live your life in a way that is respectful(and sometimes helpful) of others”.
    I am 100% sure there is no super entity up there watching over us.
    But let us say there is a .01 % chance that I am wrong. Is that entity going to reject people that did not pray, but lived a respectful/helpful life ?
    Rob
    PS By doing what I prescribe, there will be less religious wars, and also some action on population growth (in countries where the religions encourage population growth, or ban contraception).

  2. sl0j0n

    Hello, all.

    You boys are wrong, believe it not.
    Including you 70+ -somethings.
    The problem is, & always has been, not a lack of resources, but a lack of MANAGEMENT!
    A prime example was the Somalia fiasco.
    Famine relief supplies were delivered to Somalia, but the warlords refused to let the starving people have any.
    MIS-management is *still* ‘the order of the day’; EARTHWIDE!
    The carrying capacity of planet Earth is estimated to be 20 billion; PLUS!
    I don’t care what your ‘politics’ are, they’re wrong.
    ‘Politics’, and their handmaiden, government, are the problem, not the solution.
    Another ‘surprise’, even for 70-somethings, is that, unless you die in the next 4-5 yrs, you *WILL* ‘see’ the “end” of “civilization”, as we know it.
    My personal hope is that Pres. Obama is the last President of the United States.
    The entire global system of ‘government’ is at fault, as it is based on the principle of ‘self-aggrandizement’, instead of ‘governing’ for the benefit of ALL!
    Today, the concept of true “Christianity” is reviled, but the so-called “Golden Rule” is what is needed.
    “Just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them.”
    Since we have practically a zero chance of that, all the interconnected systems are already starting to collapse, as the world’s economies have begun to self-destruct, because of mismanagement, graft, and corruption.
    Most of us understand that we can’t run our households on credit, but the governments think that they are ‘different’, and that their thefts and mismanagement can be ‘hidden’ via operating on ‘credit’.
    When the ‘bills’ come due, we will see that *all* the governments are doing the same thing, that they are *all* in hock up to their eyebrows, and that their ‘usual tricks’ won’t
    work anymore.
    That will be “The End Of The World As We Know It” [TEOTWAWKI].

    Have a GREAT day, neighbors!

  3. jayesstee

    [@Col. Panek]
    Sorry, but that is patronising drivel! People don’t all “choose to live in cities”. They go where their employment is. They can’t “just move out to a less populated area.
    In an ideal world, this planet could support much, much more than the current population. Share out all the land and other resources, give everybody enought to live well on and see what happens.
    Within twenty years, there would be large international companies holding most of the land and resources, governments and organised relegions exerting control of geographical areas and competing with each other to extend that control.
    So we are all in this ‘system’, like it or not. And this ‘system’ will not sustain that much more population growth.

    [@Donna]
    We do care! That’s why we post!

  4. Donna

    I am very surprised at some of these comments. No matter the age ( I am no young-un). We should all care. The earth matters to future generations whether we are dead or alive. We don’t know what happens to us afterwards even though so many THINK they know. Could be we will have to come back to this earth. That is scary!

  5. jayesstee

    [@Rob (Down Under)] No you’re not the only one! It just isn’t fashionable to air that particular Truth. Much more fashionable to ban filament electric light bulbs, tax cars, petrol, fuel and every other bl**dy thing, but never, never mention “over-population.”
    However, the United States Census Bureau has stated: “The world population has risen from 2 to 7 billion in the last 85 years.”
    Exponential and unsustainable. Like you, I am in my 70s and I won’t be around to see it when civilisation breaks down due to overcrowding and shortage of resources.
    Getting back to the subject, what odds would you give me that if, the Chinese are up to something, then it is connected to making sure they get what they regard as their fair share of world resources?

  6. Rob (Down Under)

    [@JonE]
    “Keep investing your dollars in Chinese goods and see what happens”
    I will keep investing, and I probably will be dead before I see what happens (I’m 71 and outspoken).
    Also I am looking forward to when they start producing reliable very cheap cars.
    . . .
    I used to worry about the future of the Earth, but now I don’t.
    We have Governments introducing Carbon Taxes, attempting to control global warming.
    If every Government could legislate to the hilt, and bring in every measure they can dream up, it will not “amount to a hill of beans” if we don’t stop the population growth.
    I appear to be the only one that can see that, so the world can got to …. when I die.

  7. JonE

    On the other hand; I, for one, think this is very scary. Why would the Chinese Government be interested in hacking business? Only one reason I can think of. And when they get all the information they need then who are they going to steal from next?

    I use and have used eBay, PayPal, and many other fine online based service companies. I use a service company for my Internet, phone, and television, as well as many other things, but one thing I have to point; none of these service companies produce anything.

    Keep investing your dollars in Chinese goods and see what happens.

  8. Rob (Down Under)

    I am pretty sure this was Wong
    . . .
    But I would prefer it, if we did not draw too much attention to these matters, as in the last couple of years the greatest boon to the Western World has been the combination of eBay + PayPal + Chinese goods (compared to the cost of similar goods in Australia).
    We should do nothing to rock that boat (plane)